How to Use Olive Oil to Get Rid of Ear Mites Fast at Home

How to Use Olive Oil to Get Rid of Ear Mites Fast at Home

Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

Ear mites are tiny insects that live inside the ear canal and suck your dog´s blood.

Next to fleas and ticks, these little bugs are a dog´s greatest headache. They really annoy her, and she will scratch constantly.

Your dog can pick up ear mites just playing with others at the dog park and a lot of time they are not even noticed until quite far along. Most vets will prescribe chemicals to kill the mites, and a steroid to keep her from itching, but the easiest and most effective treatments can be started at home.

Diagnosing Ear Mites at Home

An ear mite infection is pretty hard to diagnose at home. If you do not have a vet available, you can remove some of that black waxy material from the ear and put it on a wet paper towel. That black material is blood, so the paper towel should turn red around the wax.

If you do have a vet available, take her in for an ear swab and so that the vet can check the eardrums with an otoscope before you start treatment. You will usually notice an ear mite infestation when your dog starts shaking her head and scratching; if not taken care of your dog can bleed pretty severely. When you take the dog in for an examination the vet will look at a swab under the microscope, and if mites are found, will recommend several medications.

You are not obligated to purchase medication! You can use plain vinegar and water to loosen up the dried blood in the ear before using the treatment suggested below.

(Don’t use the dilute vinegar cleaning solution if your dog has already scratched up the insides of her ears because it really hurts.)

Simple Ear Mite Treatments at Home

Ear mites can actually be treated in several ways. They are most active at night so clean and treat the ears each evening at bedtime.

1. You can put olive oil in the ears every other night for six weeks, and the mites will drown. The adults are going to die right away, the first night you treat the ears with olive oil, and as the new mites hatch over the next six weeks they will also drown in the olive oil and the problem will be eliminated. (Sometimes this will have to be repeated about 3 weeks after the first treatment regimen is completed. If your dog develops black waxy buildup after you stop, he may be getting reinfected from another animal. If this is the case, repeat the treatment.)

2. I have also heard about people just using corn oil, but the olive oil works well, so I have never had to use this alternative. Olive oil is also a better moisturizer and may actually improve healing of the skin.

Are There Other Alternatives to Treat Mites at Home?

3. Another therapy, one I have not needed since I have had good results with killing the mites with olive oil, is to use a dilute yellow dock solution (yellow dock is Rumex crispus) and treat the ears every three days for six weeks.

The yellow dock solution is diluted nine drops to 15 drops of water, but you can buy it in an herbal pharmacy already diluted and ready to use. I have also heard of using the yellow dock on other parts of the body where the mites spread, but if you destroy the infection in the ears, this probably won´t even be needed.

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What Happens If I Ignore This?

Ear mites cause a lot of discomfort to your dog as they chew on the inside of your ear.

A simple mite infestation, though, can be treated at home and it is certainly nothing you need to rush to the emergency vet for. I have heard about dog and cat ear mite infections affecting some humans and causing rashes but have been treating these infections for over 30 years and HAVE NEVER seen it.

If you have a dog with floppy ears and she starts shaking her head until her ears swell up at the tips, she probably has developed blood between the skin, an aural hematoma. This is more serious and cannot be treated at home. She will need to have her ear punctured, the blood drained out, and she may have to have her ear sewn down to keep it from filling up with blood again. If you do not get this taken care of properly the clot will contract, and she will end up with a “cauliflower” ear.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How much olive oil do I apply?

Answer: Fill the ear canal up, enough to drown the mites. Your dog will shake the excess out.

Question: How often do I use the olive oil to get rid of ear mites?

Answer: If you drown the mites with olive oil, you should do so again in three weeks to kill any that hatch after your treatment. See how the ears are doing after that and treat again if needed.

Question: How much vinegar and water do I mix to create the solution to get rid of ear mites in dogs?

Answer: It depends on the size of your dog or dogs. I have several large dogs so I usually mix up a small cup of water and a small cup of vinegar. Use enough so that it pours out of the ear canal.

Question: Can I use Neosporin to treat my dog's ear mites?

Answer: No, that product is an antibiotic and steroid for inflammation. If your dog does have mites, it is not effective.

Question: Will organic coconut oil work for getting rid of ear mites?

Answer: Coconut oil should work fine, but I have not tried it on ear mites. I use coconut oil for dogs with dry skin and for chronic yeast infections.

Question: Can I use peroxide and Q-tips until I get olive oil for my dog?

Answer: If you cannot get your olive oil until tomorrow, and you want to give your dog some temporary relief, you can clean the ears out with dilute vinegar:

Do not stick a Q-tip down your dog's ear.

Question: Should I clean my dog's ears with canine cleaning solution before killing the ear mites?

Answer: Yes, it is helpful, and the olive oil will work better if the ears are cleaned before using. If the ears are not scratched too badly, you can clean them out with a diluted vinegar solution./dogs/How-to-Clean-Ears-with...

Question: Our dog has ear mites and has been treated. She has one-week-old puppies. Do we need to do anything for them?

Answer: If the adult female did have mites, you need to clean the kennel where she sleeps very thoroughly. Mites are contagious. Treat the puppies the same way you treated the adult, but use a lot less. The ear canals are small and may need only a drop of olive oil to drown the mites. Check them every few days to make sure they are not scratching or producing excessive ear wax.

© 2012 Dr Mark

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on July 19, 2020:

Mr Lumlei, thanks for picking that up. Yes, if the condition persists it is a good idea to repeat the treatment in about 6 weeks. It does not need to be done in all cases, as the first treatment regimen is often enough to eliminate the problem.

Mr Lumlei on July 19, 2020:

Dear Mark. Thanks for the help with ear mite. Olive oil sounds the way to go. But the treatment advice is a bit confusing. You first advise: "put olive oil in the ears every other night for six weeks, and the mites will drown". You then add in reply to a question: "If you drown the mites with olive oil, you should do so again in three weeks to kill any that hatch after your treatment".

Please confirm if you are saying do (a) initial 6 x week (every other day) course then follow up (b) 3 x weeks later with a REPEAT 6 x week course? This would make sense to me as well-established ear mites are highly persistent and a challenge to irradicate 100%.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on November 24, 2019:

Fill the ear canal up, enough to drown the mites. Your dog will shake the excess out.

Mary on November 21, 2019:

How many drops of olive oil do I put in my poodle ear ?

BASSEY EYO on September 17, 2019:

my dog is having a serious wound on his ear, and it has been treated severally but it still the same please what can i do.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on December 04, 2018:

If your dog is in pain, it is not a good idea to clean the ears with vinegar as this can be VERY painful. If he does have mites though it is okay to use the olive oil to kill the mites.

Dolphin on December 02, 2018:

Is it ok to put the oil even if my puppy’s ear hurts as he scratches ??

seal on August 31, 2018:

can I use all of the above for a 3 lb dog

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 14, 2018:

Gapineapple, you can just pour the olive oil in there to drown the mites. The excess can be wiped off with a wash cloth.

I never recommend you give Carprofen (the component of vetprofen) to dogs without having blood work done both before and during the medication. It is dangerous and has caused death in dogs. You can read more about the effects on the internet, or my article:

Gapineapple on February 14, 2018:

Hi Mark...I have a cocker spaniel who has ear mites. I will take her to the vet in the morning. My question....I don’t want to put too much Olive much? I also gave her Verprofin to relieve the heat or is it pain (?) in her ears?

susan duffy on June 13, 2017:

do you use a dropper to put in the olive oil and should you clean their ears with a flushing solution firsts?

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 16, 2017:

Peppersmom--the hematoma should be drained as soon as possible. The ear then needs to be taped down to the head so that it does not fill back up if the dog starts shaking her head again.

If it is not drained, it can develop into a cauliflour ear. The scarring is permanent.

Pepper'sgmom on February 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for this! Sadly, my grandpup's new Vet did nothing I've read to treat the when she woke w a hematoma Monday. We were sent home w antibiotics & ear cleaner (which I've had to google to use). I've given her aspirin for pain. Is it best to drain the hematoma when it initially happens?

smithy on February 09, 2017:

This essential oil is enriched vitamin E and other fatty acids, which helps in faster healing. It soothes the irritated, swollen, and red skin in the ears. Almond oil is great for sensitive skin.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on February 03, 2017:

I cannot tell you an exact amount since dog ears are sometimes large, sometimes small, etc. It has to be a liberal amount, enough to drown the mites. Make sure all of the inside of the pinna is coated, so if you need 10 drops, use them. If you need 15, use 15, etc.

Carol Robertson on February 02, 2017:

How much olive oil do u use ?

Renee on July 03, 2016:

Hi Mark,

I swabbed the inside of my dog's ears last night before bed and have seen improvement already. I didn't add any drops to the ear canal because I wasn't sure how many drops to add. Can you please tell me what is safe and effective in terms of the amount? Many thanks.

Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on April 21, 2016:

Will: who would have told you something like that? Someone selling ear products? Yes, it is okay to clean your dog´s ears with dilute vinegar and treat ear mites with olive oil.

Will Morgan's on April 21, 2016:

I got told never put olive oil in a dogs ear.My dog has been constantly scratching her ear and shaking her head for the last two weeks.So its ok to put olive oil in her ear?

Home Remedies For Cat Ear Mites

Ear mites make up more than half of ear infections in cats. They’re annoying and at times painful to the cat. Even though not dangerous, cat ear mites are infectious. If left untreated, it can result in too much scratching. Aside from this, wounds behind the cat’s ears might become infected. Usual treatments include using oil-based pesticides to kill the ear mites. Home remedies for cat ear mites are gentler, but any treatment should be continued for some time.

Check Your Cat For Ear Mites

To check your cat for this parasite, use a cotton swab immersed in vegetable or mineral oil. Fold the cat’s ear flap back then wipe the cotton ball in its ear. If there’s a coffee grind like stuff or black debris on the cotton swab, then the cat has ear mites.

Clean Ears With Mineral Or Vegetable Oil

Clean the ears of your cat first with mineral or vegetable oil or you can also purchase a cleaning solution. Follow the directions stated on the bottle when cleaning the ears. Always clean the ear first before treating your cat.

The Top 4 Home Remedies For Cat Ear Mites

1. Olive Oil and Vitamin E
One of the home remedies for cat ear mites that you can use is a mixture of Olive Oil and Vitamin E. Combine one capsule of Vitamin E and 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil. Use it to clean the cat’s ears. Using an equal amount in a syringe, squirt the mixture in the ears of your pet and spread it out. Wait for 5 minutes and then massage the base of the ears with your forefinger and thumb. Wipe out the mite debris using a cotton swab. Repeat this process every day for 7 days. Vitamin E heals the cat’s ears and Olive Oil suffocates the mites.

2. White Vinegar and Water
You can also use white vinegar and water. The solution can be diluted to half and half. Use 1 teaspoon in a syringe or dropper in every ear. Massage the base of your cat’s ear with your forefinger and thumb. Use cotton swabs to remove the mite debris. Do this for 7 days and then stop for 7 days. Don’t use this method if the ears of your car are swollen and red or have open wounds.

3. Olive Oil and Garlic
Olive oil and garlic combined are also great for eliminating ear mites. Crush garlic and immerse it all night in warm olive oil. Warm up the olive oil and discard the clove. Add five drops to every year for twenty-one days. This is one of the home remedies for cat ear mites that smother the ear mites.

4. Calendula and Aloe Essential Oils
You can also use Calendula and Aloe essential oils. These oils are very soothing to the ears of the cat and have worked wonders for eliminating ear mites. Both oils can be purchased at local health food stores. You can add several drops to the ears of the cat once every day for 21 days. These oils possess a healing effect, so if the cat has painful or inflamed ears, this will certainly help.

These are some of the best home remedies for cat ear mites. Make sure to treat your cat once you see that it displays some symptoms of having ear mites.

16 Effective Remedies for Ear Mites in Dogs

Ear mite infestation if left untreated can lead to serious complications. These complications include ear damage and skin infection . Moreover, sometimes, these can be permanent! [ 2 , 3 ]

So, if you find that your dog has ear mites, then you should control it as soon as possible. [ 1 ]

Going to a vet is the best way to get rid of ear mites in dogs. Then again, it might not always be possible to get ear mite treatment for dogs from a vet.

So here are some simple but effective home remedies for you to try on your pet –

1. White Vinegar

Vinegar has always been in use as a remedy for many medical problems since the 18th century. [ 4 ] Its use has been in medical problems such as upset stomach , poison ivy , croup among many others.

Dog ear mites’ treatment with vinegar is the first and most popular home remedy. It is a quick and effective solution.

White vinegar may help “create an environment in the ear canal where pathogens (bacteria, fungus ) cannot live.” [ 5 ]

Also, research has shown that vinegar is an effective treatment for ear infections. [ 4 ]

But, you should be very careful when using vinegar on pets with sores or lesions inside the ears.

How to use vinegar for dog ear mites:

Make a mixture using two tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Pour half of the mixture into the ear and massage gently. Then soak a cotton ball in the bowl and using this wet ball wipe the inside of the dog’s ear.

You can do this every day for one week.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has been a prime medication to treat wounds, burns and skin irritations. [ 5 ]

The gel contains compounds that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. So, it can help reduce the irritation caused by ear mites.

These are also known to boost the skin’s ability to repair and regenerate.

A publication in the Indian Journal of Dermatology revealed that aloe vera contains gibberellins. It is a type of growth hormone that boosts collagen formation. [ 6 ]

Aloe vera can, thus, speed up the healing of lesions and crusts caused by ear mites.

How to use aloe vera for fleas in dogs ears:

Cut and peel off the skin of one aloe vera leaf to expose the gel-like flesh inside. Swipe the gel from the leaf using a cotton ball then apply aloe vera gel inside the dog’s ear.

You may do this every day for one week.

3. Corn Oil

Corn oil may soothe pain and itchiness, drown ear mites. It also promotes the healing process in ear mite infection. Dogs’ skin can absorb the oil as it has 59% linoleic acid. [ 7 ]

How you can use corn oil for natural ear mite treatment:

Using an eye dropper, place two to three drops of corn oil in your dog’s ear and massage.

You may also apply corn oil to the outer ear using a cotton swab. Repeat once a day for ten days or more.

4. Almond Oil

Almond oil is also known for its emollient and anti-inflammatory properties. [ 8 ]

Research has also found that almond oil may speed up the process of healing wounds. [ 9 ]

It makes it difficult for parasites to thrive inside the dog’s ear. And also provides relief from pain and swelling.

How you can use almond oil as ear mite home remedy for dogs:

Heat 1/2 ounce of almond oil and 400 IUs of vitamin E in a pan over low heat for one minute. Use an eyedropper to apply one to two drops into the affected ear and massage.

Repeat this process on alternate days for one week.

5. Boracic Acid

According to Wikipedia , boracic acid has uses as an antiseptic for minor wounds and cuts.

Its strong antiseptic properties may treat infections caused by ear mites.

One study revealed that boracic acid works just as well as antibiotic and steroid ear drops in treating chronic ear infections. [ 10 ]

How to use boracic acid for natural ear mite treatment:

Mix one-quarter cup boracic acid with one cup of water. Use the solution to clean and wash your dog’s ears. You may do this once a day for two weeks.

6. Yellow Dock Root Extract

A study investigated the healing potentials of various therapeutic plants. The results of the study gave yellow dock root the highest score. [ 11 ]

This herb can kill harmful organisms that can worsen the infection caused by ear mites. [ 12 , 13 , 14 ]

How to use yellow dock root extract for fleas in dogs ears:

To one tablespoon of warm water add nine drops of yellow dock root extract. Pour two to three drops of the mixture into the dog’s ear using a dropper. Then massage the dog’s ear gently.

You can do this every other day for six weeks.

7. Honey

Honey possesses immunomodulatory properties that speed up the healing of wounds. [ 15 ]

Prevention of infection occurs due to the “protective barrier” of honey’s high viscosity. [ 15 ]

Several studies have shown the antimicrobial and antibacterial properties of honey. [ 15 , 16 , 17 , 18 ]

The antimicrobial activities are due to the presence of hydrogen peroxide. It produces beneficial enzymes. [ 15 ]

The high sugar content in honey also inhibits the growth and spread of the pathogens. [ 15 ]

Honey speeds up the process of healing wounds. That’s why it’s a practical remedy for infections brought about by ear mites. [ 18 ]

How to use honey as ear mite home remedy for dogs:

Prepare a mixture using three teaspoons of raw honey and three ounces of warm water.

Next, use a bulb syringe to inject the mixture into your dog’s ear.

You may do this remedy three times a week for one month or until you see improvement in your dog’s condition.

8. Calendula

Calendula won’t kill the parasites. It has anti-inflammatory and wound healing ability.

So it can relieve symptoms like inflammation, irritation and speed up healing. [ 19 ]

You can prepare calendula for ear mite treatment by:

Mix one cup of calendula tea, one ounce of tea tree oil and two drops of lavender essential oil to form the solution.

You take this solution into a bulb syringe and apply it into the dog’s ear.

You may continue this treatment three times a week for three to four weeks.

9. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide may help clear out ear mites. But, you should only use it for dogs that can stay put as this can harm the eyes.

Hydrogen peroxide in various concentrations can suppress the activities of parasites. [ 20 , 21 ]

How you can use hydrogen peroxide for natural ear mite treatment:

In a small bowl take one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and soak a cotton ball in the solution.

Apply the solution to your dog’s ears using the cotton ball.

Do this two to three times a week.

10. Mineral Oil

Mineral oil works in two ways of treating ear mites. First, it kills and smothers the parasites living inside your dog’s ears.

Second, it unclogs the blockage in the ear canal that may prevent your dog from hearing. [ 21 ]

How to use mineral oil for dogs’ mites:

Clean your dog’s ear flaps with cotton ball dabbed in few drops of mineral oil.

You should do this twice a week for a month.

11. Garlic

Garlic is famous for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties, among many others.

Garlic is also believed to be a useful remedy for ear mites in dogs.

The active compound allicin in garlic exhibits anti-parasitic and antibacterial effects. [ 22 ]

It works by inhibiting the growth and spread of parasites and microbes. [ 22 ] Topical application of it to lesions may inhibit the bacterial spread and prevent further infection. [ 23 ]

Here’s how you can use garlic for treating your dog from ear mites:

Peel and grind six cloves of garlic in a food processor until the consistency becomes like a paste. To it add one tablespoon of olive oil and mix them well.

Over low heat warm this mixture in a pan and remove from heat after a while.

It is important to cool the mixture a little before giving this mixture to your dog’s ears. You can use a dropper to pour the mixture drop by drop into your dog’s ear canal.

12. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree is famous for curing many fungal and bacterial infections in humans. Such as cold , congestion , yeast infection , acne , skin tags , bumps .

Many skin care products and cosmetics contain this oil as one of the main ingredients. [ 25 ]

The antimicrobial and antiseptic potentiality of it comes from the active compound terpinene-4-ol . Moreover, the oil also contains anti-inflammatory compound cineole in a lower amount.

A simple preparation of tea tree oil for ear mites:

To 4-5 drops of tea tree oil add one tablespoon of carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil. This dilutes the tea tree oil and you can now apply it to your furry friend.

Apply the solution to the ears and massage all over.

Repeat the process every alternative day for four weeks.

Important Note: Even the diluted form of tea tree oil may cause allergic reactions to some breeds of dogs. So, talk to your vet before you try this treatment.

13. Neem Oil with Grapeseed Oil

Neem oil is a natural pesticide. Neem oil is very active in controlling pests and skin diseases.

Neem oil has many therapeutic components. Such as Nimbin, meliantriol, nimbolide, salannin, limonoids, etc. [ 26 ]

The oil also contains anti-microbial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antipyretic properties. [ 27 ]

If you choose neem oil, it is advisable that you combine this oil with grapeseed oil.

The major component in grapeseed oil (linoleic acid) can bring ease to the inflamed skin. [ 28 ]

Preparation of neem oil for treatment of ear mite:

Add one tablespoon of grapeseed oil to 4-5 drops of natural neem oil and warmed mildly. Using an ear dropper put a few drops of the solution into both the ear canals.

Next, soak a cotton ball with the oil solution and apply it to the external areas of the ears.

Repeat the treatment every night for a week. You may wash off the oil from the dog’s ears in the morning.

14. Castor Oil

Castor oil can easily penetrate into sebum glands and clean the clogged pores. [ 29 ]

Castor oil may disinfect and kill the ear mites in no time. The oil can loosen the accumulated wax as well.

The omega-9 and 6, and ricinoleic fatty acids in castor oil are antibacterial.

The bioactive components undecylenic acid and triglycerides may ease swelling and irritation.

A mixture of castor oil and honey can play havoc on the ear mites in dogs.

Simple preparation of castor oil for ear mites:

Mix one tablespoon of castor oil with one tablespoon of water and dilute it well. To this diluted oil solution, add honey.

Put this mixture into the ear canals of your pet using a dropper. You may also apply some of it on the earlobes and other external areas of the ears.

Repeat the process every alternate night before bedtime, for a week.

15. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most effective home remedies for ear mites. [ 30 ]

Coconut oil is rich in low chain fatty acids and lauric acid. These fatty acids are potent with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antifungal qualities. [ 30 ]

Coconut oil soothes the itch, irritations, and swellings. And also heal the wounds caused by the ear mites.

You can use this oil for preventing ear mites on your pets.

Simple coconut oil preparation for fleas in dogs ears:

Mildly heat one tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil with half a tablespoon of olive oil. Use a dropper to put the oil mixture into the ear canals of your dog.

Also, massage the oil onto the earlobes and other affected areas.

Repeat the process for two weeks to get rid of ear mites from your dog.

16. Olive Oil

Using olive oil may help to reduce cardiovascular diseases and bacterial infections. [ 31 ]

It is also a natural method for killing dog ear mites.

Regular application of it can soothe irritated skin and help the wounds to heal caused by ear mites.

How to prepare olive oil to fight ear mites:

Mix one tablespoon olive oil, one vitamin E capsule and one teaspoon of fresh peppermint or clove.

Allow the mixture to seep for 24 to 48 hours and strain through a cheesecloth and store in a glass jar.

Use an ear dropper to put a drop of the mixture into each ear twice a day.

Can You Use Olive Oil for Ear Infections?

Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***.

Ear infections are terrible! They can cause excruciating pain as well as problems with your balance and equilibrium. Ear infections can also be gross, with various fluids leaking out of your infected ear.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a simple, natural remedy for ear infections? (Or, at the very least, a home remedy that could help with ear infections). What if we told you that you could use olive oil for ear infections?

We’re going to take a look at using warm olive oil for ear infections, how to use olive oil for ear infections, and things you need to know before you attempt to use olive oil for ear infections.

The scientific name for ear mites is Otodectes cynotis. These are extremely small parasites that can infect your cat’s ears. Ear mites are highly contagious. They feed on the tissues and the blood of your pet. They can be found in your cat’s paws, fur, and ears. Cats can spread ear mites to your dog or other pets around them. The life cycle of an ear mite is 21 days. In no time they can multiply and infest your cat with hundreds and thousands of more mites. If timely treatment is denied or delayed, it could result in a permanent loss of hearing for your adorable pet.

Ear mites in cats can be treated easily when detected. First and foremost, clean your pet’s ears and apply the drops recommended by your vet diligently for 7-10 days. These drops are safe and can also be used on kittens. Since infested mites spread throughout your cat’s body it is imperative that you also treat the body with medication. Bathe your cat with an anti-parasite shampoo. Anti-parasite shampoos are easily available in pet stores, supermarkets, or can be ordered online.

Be warned that if you cat is neglected and his ear mites are not treated on time, it could also lead to other serious complications. As they say, “Prevention is better than cure.” Take precautions to avoid ear mites. Use topical creams at least once a month to prevent future ear mite infestations. Ear mite medicine for cats will also protect your cat from other serious and life-threatening infections like heartworm, ringworm, fleas. hookworm and roundworm.

Can humans get ear mites from cats?

Other species of animals can get ear mites, but this does not apply to humans. Humans are safe from these parasites. They could get transmitted to humans while cuddling or through a casual contact with cats, but they don’t survive for long in the human body.

How to clean cat ears mites?

It’s plain common sense. Before you start using any of the remedies or oils we have suggested below, clean-up your cat’s cage and bedding thoroughly. Put it out in the sun for 2 hours. Mites can’t stand the sun. They thrive in warm and moist places. The ultraviolet rays of the sun also act as a natural bleaching agent and disinfect the cage and bedding. Alternatively, you could also wash them with detergent and bleach. Vacuum the corners of the house, carpets, drapes, and upholstery thoroughly.

What do ear mites in cats look like?

Ear mites in cats are so small, they are virtually invisible. They can be detected by a vet through a special instrument called the otoscope. They are tiny 8-legged parasites that feed on the wax and oils in your cat’s ear canal.

What causes ear mites in cats?

Ear mites are mangy parasites that can spread to cats from other pets or be around other animals infected with mitesThey are highly contagious. They spread from contact with other pets at home or outside. Ear mites on cats are usually more common than dogs.

Symptoms of ear mites in cats

Ear mites will cause a lot of discomfort for your cat. If you notice your cat having the following symptoms, it’s probably ear mites and you need to take a closer look.

  • Constantly scratching their ears
  • Black stuff in your cat’s ears
  • Small white dots around the ears (probably ear mites)
  • Vigorous and constant shaking of the head
  • Loss of balance and dizziness
  • Unpleasant odor from the ear
  • Tilting the head to one side due to extreme discomfort.
  • The build-up for a thick dark waxy substance in the ear

Natural Remedies For Ear Mites In Cats

Some cats may be very sensitive to prescription or over the counter medications. It would be advisable to try some natural home remedies to destroy the mites and give relief as they are safe and are free from side-effects.

1. Apple cider vinegar spray

Natural acids, sugars, tannins, alkaloids, and resins present in apple cider vinegar are powerful and packed with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. They are very effective for treating bacterial and fungal infections.

  • Mix one portion of apple cider vinegar with one portion of water.
  • Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
  • Spray the solution generously on the affected ear and the body of your
  • Use the spray twice a day for a week to get rid of ear mites.

2. Yellow dock root

Yellow dock root is a herb. The tea prepared from the root will act as an astringent and a powerful anti-inflammatory to soothe the itch and inflammation at once. The active ingredient anthraquinone in yellow dock root has been used to treat multiple skin problems for ages.

  • Boil a teaspoon of dry yellow dock root in 1 cup of water for 10-15 minutes.
  • Let it cool
  • Strain the liquid into a small bottle.
  • Use a dropper to drop about 8-10 drops of the liquid into each ear.
  • Massage the earlobes thoroughly
  • Repeat it twice a day for at least 2 weeks.

3. Detoxify your cat with thyme and nettle

Cleaning from within is a must for treating ear mites in addition to topical natural sprays or drops to get best results. Thyme is loaded with antioxidant, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Nettle is known to act as an effective astringent and anti-inflammatory which soothes the itch and reduces swelling in an around the affected ears.

  • Take a cup full of thyme and nettle herbs
  • Boil them in a quart of water for 5-7 minutes.
  • Let the liquid rest
  • Strain the liquid into a bottle and refrigerate
  • Feed your cat an ounce of this liquid 3 times a day.
  • Repeat on alternate days to cleanse your cat from within.

Detoxifying not only helps get rid of bacterial infections from ear mites, it also gets rid of other toxins and undigested food in the stomach and gut, keeping your cat healthy and strong to combat any infection from outside and within.

4. Honey for healing

Honey is the age-old remedy for treating bacterial infections. It also has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Dip a cotton ball in 100% raw honey
  • Wipe it generously on the affected ear of your cat and gently massage.
  • Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Wipe it with a wet wipe or wet towel.

5. Olive oil ear drops

Use olive oil for ear mites on cats. The smell of olive oil irritates ear mites. On smelling it, they gradually move out of the ears, soothing the itch and giving your cuddy ball of fur fast relief.

  • Warm some olive oil
  • Use a dropper to drop 8-10 drops into your cat’s
  • Repeat twice a day for a week

This remedy is recommended only for early stages of ear mite infestation. For advanced stages see your vet.

6. Garlic oil

Fresh garlic is a natural antibiotic and works well on ear mite infection.

  • Heat 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic with a tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Let it cool down.
  • Strain the oil into a small bottle.
  • Using a dropper drop 5-6 drops of the oil into each ear.
  • Massage the ears gently.
  • Repeat it twice a day for a month for best results

7. Colloidal silver ear drops

The all-natural colloidal silver is an effective remedy to treat any kind of bacterial, fungal or skin infection. It also acts as an antibiotic and speeds up the healing process. Colloidal silver, on contact with the ear mites, suffocates them in 5-6 minutes and gets rid of them. It is readily available in any drug store.

  • Use 5-6 drops for each ear.
  • Drop it into the ear canal
  • Also, apply a little around the earlobes.
  • Repeat for a week to get rid of ear mites for good.

8. Calendula oil and sea salt

Calendula oil is known for its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. The essential compounds in them called are rutin and narcissi help in soothing the skin, reducing inflammation, and healing wounds.

  • Warm a cup of water.
  • Mix half a teaspoon of sea salt with 1 teaspoon of Calendula oil into the cup well.
  • Let it sit for about 30 minutes
  • Use a dropper and put 5-6 drops into each ear canal of your
  • Put a few drops on the earlobes and massage gently.
  • Repeat it on alternate days for 15 days

9. Use the Hand sanitizer

It’s a wonderful way to sanitize your cat’s ear and get rid of those pesky mites fast.

  • Use any sanitizing gel
  • Take a small dollop
  • Apply it generously around the base of his ears and earlobes. Massage gently till it gets absorbed completely
  • Repeat it once or twice a day depending on the severity.

10. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera has great healing and soothing properties. Applying Aloe Vera gel
Will not only soothe the skin and heal the area, it will also prevent the mites from returning.

  • Apply a small amount in and around your cat’s ears.
  • Massage gently for 5-10 minutes
  • repeat every other day for 15 days

11. Mineral oil or mineral oil based optic ointment

Several tests have been conducted to prove the efficacy of mineral oil. Massaging ears with mineral oil twice a day for just 15 days could offer significant relief to your cat. Try it for yourself.

  • Dip a cotton ball in mineral oil or squeeze the optic ointment on it.
  • Gently dab it in and around your cat’s ears.
  • Massage it gently for 15 minutes.
  • Repeat it every other day for 15 days to free your cat from the mite menace for good.

12. Corn oil

Corn oil drowns ear mites and suffocates them. It also moisturizes your cat’s ears and helps in the healing process

  • Take an eye dropper and fill it to the top.
  • Gently squeeze the dropper releasing 4-5 drops into each ear.
  • Squeeze a few drops around the base of the ears and gently massage for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat twice a day for a week

Sulfur has a potent smell. It has strong antibacterial properties. It kills the mites on contact and dehydrates them making them inactive, and eventually getting rid of them.

  • Make a thick paste mixing sulfur and purified water.
  • Apply it in and around the cat’s ears.
  • Leave it for an hour
    (It is recommended that you put a recovery cone around your cat’s neck to discourage him from scratching his ears or shaking off the sulfur vigorously)
  • Wipe it with a warm towel. Repeat once a day for a whole week to see best results.

14. A mixture of essential oils like lavender and vitamin E oil

Lavender oil has a strong fragrance that irritates the mites. It also comes packed with antibacterial, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E oil has natural anti-oxidants which help in healing wounds and keeping the skin supple and healthy.

  • Add 10 drops of lavender oil in a bowl.
  • Squeeze the oil from 3-4 vitamin E capsules into the bowl.
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • With the help of an ear dropper release, 5-6 drops into each ear.
  • Repeat once a day for 10 days.

15. Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It kills the ear mites on contact and clears up any waxy residue and build-up.

  • Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide
  • Wipe the ears thoroughly in around the infected area.
  • Repeat twice a day for a week.

16. Pure almond oil

Almond oil contains oleic acid and linoleic acid which exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. Almond oil is also rich in vitamin E which is essential for healing wounds and repairing the tissues. Natural almond oil is available easily in pharmacies or supermarkets.

  • With the help of a dropper drop 5-6 drops of pure almond oil into your cat’s ears.
  • Dip a cotton ball in almond oil and dab around the ear region.
  • Massage it gently.
  • Repeat once a day for 2 weeks.

These remedies are recommended for mild to moderate cat ear mite infestations. For severe infections and infestations, it is advisable to take your pet to the vet.

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